Can We Solve The Hunger Crisis?

If we think of food, we can find two different sides: our fridges full of foods and meals, we buy in huge supermarkets, or we can protest against rising of the foods’ prices. There is the other side for example in Africa where people have to face and struggle with everyday striving for food.

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How can it be solved? Or may it be solved at all? There are numerous of suggestions available but it is not so easy to sort out the effective ones. Let’s see some of them:

Develop Food Aid

The US gives nearly all the aid – actually about $2 billion annually. The food is given to a humanitarian agency which transports the food aid to the target location and sells it at a lower price. However this process isn’t effective because many times, the ship needs 5-5 month to get the final location and also causes high fuel costs. Because of the US financial policy the process is slow and needs improving.

Produce richer crop

In Africa an average farmer uses little fertilizer: actually one tenth as much than a farmer in the US. This results miserable yield especially we compare it with farmers in India (three or four times as much food or China (approximately seven times as much). The other question is whether to use genetically modified plants to solve hunger crisis or not. These plants are more resistant against infection, fungi etc.

Eat less meat

This can be a painful suggestion for many people, but as the population grows throughout the whole world, the meat consumption increases as well. For we need more meat we have to feed the animals corn. This results higher corn prices and more expensive meat. However the scientists work on how to produce meat without feeding so much.

Our planet is overcrowded

We mustn’t neglect the fact that the Earth has been overcrowded by now. We lack enough clean water and food, so it’s high time to wake up.

Develop distribution of food

As a matter of fact, we do have enough food but isn’t distributed equally. In numbers, there are 805 million people who live in poverty and suffer from hunger while more than 1.4 billion people face with obesity or being overweight. It would be a good solution to have emergency food stations in the most famine-smitten regions so that it can be reached when they are really in need.

Advocate local food

In spite of many experts’ opinion that local food can’t serve us with food all the time but yet it is still an important part of feeding people. Since it connects consumer with producer or farmer, local markets empower and encourage them to grow and produce more and better foods. Therefore, investment should be recommended for small or mid-sized farms, companies and several programs should also be set up to teach local people how to be more efficient in producing food.

Involve public

Nothing will be successful unless people understand that this topic is very urgent and it does affect each and every one. So educational programs should be initiated for the young generations to teach them how to economize on available sources, how to save environment and engage them on food security and agriculture.

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